Vikings Rumors & News

  • Norv Turner sees no signs Adrian Peterson is slowing down

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing attempts last season with 327, marking the first time he’s led the league in that metric and the fourth time that he’s run the ball at least 314 times in a season. Only a handful of running backs 30 or older have run the ball that..." August 24

  • Vikings Activate TE Rhett Ellison From PUP List

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they’ve activated TE Rhett Ellison from the PUP list. Ellison, 27, played out his four-year, $2.4 million rookie contract that included a $300,584 signing bonus. His year, unfortunately, came to an end after he suffered a torn patellar tendon during..." August 23

  • Matt Kalil hurt, Vikings cut practice short after sloppy day

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings were running out of quarterbacks, and people to protect them, so perhaps coach Mike Zimmer had just seen enough. According to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zimmer called a sloppy practice off 40 minutes early and didn’t explain why to the media, since he doesn’t..." August 22

  • Bridgewater doesn’t throw Saturday, Vikings sign a quarterback

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings didn’t play quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Thursday night, a decision that was followed by a report that he’s dealing with a sore shoulder. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t confirm that on Saturday, saying only that he has “no concern” with Bridgewater after Saturday’s practice...." August 21

  • NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”

    Pro Football Talk "It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon. As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures. “The ‘Probable’..." August 21

  • Bridgewater missed game vs. Seahawks with sore shoulder

    The Score "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was held out of Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a sore shoulder, sources told ESPN's Ben Goessling. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that it was his decision to sit Bridgewater, adding that his..." August 20

  • Vikings edge Seahawks on late interception TD

    The Sports Xchange "Minnesota cornerback Marcus Sherels returned an interception 53 yards for the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Vikings past the Seahawks 18-11 Thursday at Seattle in a rematch of last season's dramatic NFC wild-card game. Sherels picked off a pass from Seattle rookie..." August 19

  • Mike Zimmer says “it was my decision” not to start Teddy Bridgewater

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer surprised everyone on Thursday night by not starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and instead giving the assignment to veteran Shaun Hill. Asked why Bridgewater did not start in the Vikings’ 18-11 preseason victory in Seattle, Zimmer said, “because I sat him.” Asked..." August 19

  • Snoop Dogg Rips NFL for Allowing Players to Own Guns But Preventing Them From Smoking Weed

    Complex "Deep down, the NFL is probably not OK with its players owning guns. In the past, there have been quite a few players who have gotten themselves into trouble as a result of carrying guns, so if the league had its way, it would likely force all players to stop purchasing guns. They can’t legally..." August 18

  • NFLPA exec says NFL has 'zero credible evidence' for interview demands

    Sporting News "The NFL has threatened to suspend players mentioned in an Al Jazeera America report that alleges steroid use if they don't submit to an interview. The union isn't about to give in so easily. NFL Players' Association executive George Atallah told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday the..." August 18

  • Vikings' Griffen aiming for 20 sacks this year

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Only 11 times in NFL history has a player recorded 20 sacks in a season. Everson Griffen apparently is aiming to make it a dozen. The Minnesota Vikings defensive end wouldn’t divulge any of his statistical goals for this season, but cornerback Captain Munnerlyn let it be known Tuesday what..." August 17

  • Meaning in the meaningless: Encouraging 2016 debut for Bridgewater

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Searching for meaning in the first half of a team’s first NFL preseason game of the year is a strange and foolish errand. I understand this. You can find or at least invent meaning in pretty much anything. But I would not, for instance, go searching for the meaning of life in a health magazine..." August 16

  • NFL considers early week ’18 opener in China

    Sports Business Daily "The NFL could open the 2018 season on a Tuesday or Wednesday in China, with its traditional Thursday night season-opening game following later that same week, according to the league’s top international executive planning the proposed game. Intent on staging a game in China despit... " August 15

  • Trae Waynes Steps In for Terence Newman, Steps up for Vikings "Vikings coaches got a good, long look at Trae Waynes Friday night when the second-year pro started against the Bengals in place of the sidelined Terence Newman. Waynes showed up on film early in the evening, covering veteran wide receiver A.J. Green and pushing him out of bounds to force..." August 13

  • Laquon Treadwell enjoys his preseason debut

    Pro Football Talk "Although the real debut is still four weeks away, Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell officially ditched the Raiders hat for a Vikings uniform on Friday night in Cincinnati. Treadwell liked the experience. “It was fun,” Treadwell said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I was out..." August 13

  • Vikings edge Bengals, 17-16

    The Sports Xchange "Undrafted rookie running back C.J. Ham scored on a 10-yard run late in the third quarter and the Minnesota Vikings held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-16, on Friday night in the pre-season opener for both teams. Ham, an Augustana product, finished with team highs of 12 carries and 35..." August 12

  • Vikings: Ticked-off Mike Zimmer stops practice for push-ups

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A frustrated Mike Zimmer stopped practice Monday and made all his players do 10 push-ups. The fans loved. Zimmer sure didn’t. The Vikings coach was displeased with how his team looked on the penultimate day of training camp at Minnesota State, Mankato. In the morning walkthrough, he growled..." August 09

  • Terrelle Pryor fires back at former Buckeyes teammate Alex Boone

    ESPN "A spat between former Ohio State Buckeyes teammates has gone public. Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone and Cleveland Browns quarterback Terrelle Pryor have gone back and forth in the past few days in a verbal to-do started by Boone. In an interview with KFAN in Minneapolis last week, Boone..." August 09

  • Alex Boone is no fan of Terrelle Pryor

    Pro Football Talk "Terrelle Pryor has been making plays at Browns camp as he tries not only to transition from quarterback to wide receiver but to become an impact player. Vikings guard Alex Boone, Pryor’s ex-teammate at Ohio State, apparently hasn’t been reading PFT and keeping up with Pryor’s progress. “He’s..." August 07

  • Brett Favre wished injury upon starters as backup QB

    ESPN "Brett Favre's record for consecutive starts makes even more sense now; he feared his backups would think the way he did. Favre didn’t spent much time behind anyone -- he became a college starter midway through his freshman year at Southern Miss and an NFL starter early in his second year -- but..." August 06

  • Favre didn't know about dual-jersey display

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Brett Favre thinks his Hall of Fame display is “pretty cool”, but until he saw it for the first time Friday morning he was not aware that a Minnesota Vikings No. 4 jersey was hanging in it next to his Packers No. 4. Favre didn’t have any reaction to the dual acknowledgment, but he knows Packers..." August 06

  • Vikings' Peterson will miss preseason opener

    The Score "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will miss the team's first preseason game, he confirmed to ESPN's Ben Goessling. Peterson suffered a hamstring injury during the offseason but is expected to be fine for the regular-season opener. The reigning rushing champion said that he may..." August 04

  • NFL wins long-standing appeal against Adrian Peterson to collect fine

    SB Nation "Nearly two years after Adrian Peterson's lengthy battle with the NFL and Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 season, the running back is being forced to pay his fine after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that Roger Goodell was acting within his rights as commissioner to suspend..." August 04

  • Danielle Hunter Listed As “Breakout Prospect” By Football Outsiders

    Daily Norseman "Once again, the great E$PN Paywall gives us fodder for discussion. The folks from Football Outsiders have put together their list of the top 25 potential “Breakout Prospects” for the 2016 season. What definition are they using for that? Here are their criteria: Drafted in the third round or..." August 02

  • Vikings coach blames criticism of Teddy Bridgewater on fantasy football

    Fox Sports "Teddy Bridgewater gets a lot of criticism for being a game manager at quarterback. He doesn’t have an elite arm and shies from throwing the ball downfield in favor of checkdowns and shorter, easier throws. That’s not necessarily a bad thing given the Minnesota Vikings’ reliance on Adrian Peterson,..." August 02

  • Vikings’ Mike Zimmer doesn’t mind players coming to blows

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Players came to blows during practice Monday, which was fine with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. The main event at training camp featured cornerback Jabari Price giving rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell a good shot during a pass pattern, which Treadwell didn’t appreciate. He body slammed Price..." August 02

  • Mike Zimmer: RB Adrian Peterson dealing with slight hamstring pull

    ESPN "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a slight hamstring pull while working out the week before the start of training camp, coach Mike Zimmer said Saturday. The NFL's leading rusher in 2015 has missed the team's first two practices, but Zimmer doesn't expect Peterson's injury to be..." July 31

  • Cordarrelle Patterson's injury not serious

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who left the team's Friday practice after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder following a diving catch, should be back relatively soon. A league source said Saturday morning that Patterson's injury was "minor in nature," and added it..." July 30

  • Vikings’ German wide receiver Moritz Bohringer believes he’s making strides

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Moritz Bohringer figured there were as many fans at a Vikings practice Friday as he used to see at German football games. The wide receiver and native of Germany, taken in the sixth round of April’s draft, took to the field for his first training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato in..." July 30

  • Vikings backup QB Heinicke hurt ankle trying to break into own home

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke will miss the start of training camp because of a leg injury suffered in what he called “a freak accident” 2 1/2 weeks ago at his home in the Atlanta area. Heinicke said he suffered a cut above his left ankle that required surgery while trying to break into..." July 29

  • Nick Foles told he’d compete for starting gig with Vikings

    Sportsnaut "Following his release from the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, it appears that quarterback Nick Foles is drawing interest from other teams around the NFL. Among the teams potentially kicking the tires on the veteran quarterback are the Minnesota Vikings. That might make some sense with an..." July 29

  • Twitter Reminds Adrian Peterson He’s a Child Abuser After He Posts TMNT Pic

    Black Sports Online "What was a pretty silly tweet from Adrian Peterson became a reminder that the internet doesn’t forget anything. Especially when it is about child abuse. " July 28

  • Vikings sign Mike Zimmer to contract extension "The Minnesota Vikings have signed Head Coach Mike Zimmer to a contract extension. Terms of the contract are not disclosed. Zimmer led the Vikings to an 11-5 record last season and the club’s first NFC North Championship since 2009. Zimmer holds an 18-14 record in his two seasons as a head..." July 28

  • Report: Vikings Considering Symmank To Compete With Locke

    Daily Norseman "We told you just a little bit ago that former Minnesota Vikings’ defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed a one-day deal with the team so that he could retire in purple. Ridiculously enough, Williams’ contract counts against the Vikings’ 90-man roster, so technically the team has 90 players right..." July 27

  • Kevin Williams signs one-day contract to officially retire with Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings announced this afternoon that Kevin Williams, a member of the 50 greatest Vikings squad, signed a one-day contract with the team and will officially retire as a member of the Vikings on Thursday. Williams, who played for the Vikings from 2003 to 2013, was selected to six Pro Bowls..." July 27

  • Who reaches Super Bowl LI? 2016 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

    USA Today "Heading into training camps, all 32 NFL teams have essentially taken shape. So before injuries, benchings, firings, (more) suspensions and hot streaks start shaping the 2016 season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual projection of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based..." July 27

  • Peterson likely entering last season with Vikings

    Yardbarker "Adrian Peterson proved last season that he is still capable of carrying a full load and being one of the best running backs in the league even on the wrong side of 30. If he is just as productive this season, will that be enough to convince the Minnesota Vikings to keep him on the books for $18..." July 26

  • Vikings rookie Laquon Treadwell has lofty goals after playing in pain last year

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell practiced with the Vikings’ second team during spring drills. He’s not expecting to be with that group for long. Treadwell, taken out of the University of Mississippi with the No. 23 pick in April’s NFL draft, isn’t lacking in confidence. Take a listen to what..." July 25

  • Phil Loadholt plans to retire from the NFL

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Loadholt has told the Vikings he plans to retire, a source confirmed. Loadholt, 30, was placed on injured reserve in each of the previous two seasons, only playing in 11 of the team’s 32 regular-season games. In 2014, a torn pectoral ended his season after 11 games. In 2015, he tore his..." July 25

  • Vikings GM: Criticism of Bridgewater 'unfair'

    The Score "The Minnesota Vikings believe they've found their franchise quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, but many outside the building remain unconvinced. Bridgewater followed up an impressive rookie year with a fairly disappointing sophomore season, leading some to question his legitimacy as the..." July 24

  • Former Vikings coach Dennis Green dies at age of 67 "Former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis Green has passed away at the age of 67, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Friday. " July 22

  • Vandal does serious damage to the Vikings new $1.1 billion stadium

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Vikings learned an important lesson this week: Some people like to throw stones at glass houses, or in this case, glass stadiums. A vandal in Minneapolis did some serious damage to the Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium on Wednesday when they threw a rock through one of the windows..." July 22

  • Are the Vikings phasing Adrian Peterson out of their offense?

    Sportsnaut "In order for the Minnesota Vikings passing game to improve under third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the team is reportedly planning on him taking more snaps out of the shotgun this season. With a new plan of attack, this could lighten up Adrian Peterson’s workload. The future Hall of..." July 21

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • ESPN hires former Patriots receiver Randy Moss as an analyst

    Boston "Randy Moss, an electrifying and sometimes controversial wide receiver for 14 NFL seasons, including three-plus for the Patriots, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. The network confirmed via press release Monday that it had hired Moss, who spent the past three years in a similar if lower profile..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Randy Moss on NFL's marijuana ban: 'Loosen up the rules and let everybody live'

    CBS Sports "During Randy Moss' NFL career, in which he caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, he openly admitted to smoking marijuana. So, it should come as no surprise to hear Moss, who hasn't played since the 2012 season, rail against the league's marijuana policy. When speaking with..." July 18